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About First Touch Soccer

Welcome to First Touch Soccer. Your local, community-based soccer provider. Formed in 2017, First Touch Soccer was created to provide high quality training sessions with enthusiasm, knowledge and fun. These are the key principles that define our organization.

Since our inception, we have worked with and developed thousands of players via a Camp, Academy or one of our Team Training sessions.

Our team is comprised of a dynamic, forward-thinking and experienced leadership group who work hard to deliver a great product on the field for all our players in our programs. Our coaches are enthusiastic and knowledgable and given the resources and support to be successful.

Leadership Team

Harry Doyle

Director

Harry, a dynamic soccer coach with 12 years of global experience, contributed to UK International, FC Impact, Irvine Slammers, LA Galaxy OC, and AYSO United. Holding an FA Level 2 certification and USSF C License. Harry co-founded FTS in 2017, cementing his dedication to creating a positive, challenging, and fun youth development soccer environment.

Favorite soccer team: Tottenham Hotspur

Sam Hunt

Director

With 19 years of coaching experience, Sam began as a player and Soccer Society president at Canterbury University, winning Sportsman of the Year. Over the last decade, he has contributed to AYSO and Strikers FC South Bay and coached for Arsenal Soccer Schools. In 2017, he co-founded FTS, combining his passion for soccer with youth program
development.

Favorite soccer team: Aston Villa

Andy King

Ventura County Operations

With 15 years of dedication to soccer across the UK, USA, and Canada, Andy is a highly experienced professional holding Canadian A, Youth, and  Children’s coaching licenses. Committed to excellence, he possesses a US Soccer National Youth Diploma and an Advanced National Diploma, making him a valuable asset in youth soccer coaching worldwide.

Favorite soccer team: West Brom

Kiran Patel

Los Angeles Operations

With 17 coaching years, Kiran left an imprint at AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Soccer Schools (UK) and spent a decade dedicated to coaching and operations in the USA. His 1st Class Honors BS(c) in Football Coaching underscores his commitment to excellence. Holding a UEFA B and USSF C License, Kiran enriches our soccer programs with extensive expertise.

Favorite soccer team: Bournemouth

First Touch Soccer Trainers

All of our Trainers are vetted & background checked prior to stepping onto the field. We also ensure all compliance obligations are met to align with your league or region’s requirements. The majority of our trainers have completed US Soccer licenses or equivalent to ensure they are at the cutting edge of player education.

The Coaching Manual

All of our coaches are provided with access to The Coaching Manual, a world class resource for player & coach education. The Coaching Manual is utilized to plan, prepare and deliver high quality training sessions with enthusiasm, knowledge and fun. All of our coaches are overseen by our Director of Coaching so we are providing the best experience possible to players.

Our Company Beliefs

Evolution 

Evolution 

Challenging ourselves to be better and evolve as an organization with innovation and creative thought

Fearlessness

Fearlessness

Demonstrating a bold, positive and forward-thinking attitude to problem solving, and believing we can overcome any issues.

Transparency 

Transparency

Operating with honesty, internally and externally, in all of our dealings and interactions.

Purpose Driven

Purpose Driven

Motivated by maintaining standards in the development of young people.

Integrity

Integrity

Allowing our strong moral compass to be the guiding light in all that we do. Ultimately, doing the right thing.

Our Training Philosophy

As an organization we are committed to the technical development of the next generation of American soccer players. We find our drive, motivation and passion in ensuring that young players leave the field having had fun, having worked hard and, are a better soccer player. Our philosophy is built around the following components:

Training Philosophy
Our Training Values

Our Training Values

We don’t want to just develop good soccer players, we want to develop good people, using soccer as the vehicle for crucial, wider life lessons. We try to instill these values in our players:

Empower and encourage your child on a First Touch Soccer program to showcase these character traits. As of Summer 2024, our players will be evaluated on these three characteristics rather than their technical or tactical ability.